US OPEN – A page of legend: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Jannik Sinner in 5 sets and 5h15

US OPEN - A page of legend: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Jannik Sinner in 5 sets and 5h15

Incredible, insane, extraordinary…. Words fail to describe the monumental and almost historic quarter-final, already disputed last night – finally, this morning – by Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, the first outgoing finally winning a showdown of 5h15 (6-3, 6-7(9), 6-7(0), 7-5, 6-3) completed at 2:50 a.m. in New York, the latest game in tournament history, and the second longest after the cult Stefan Edberg/Michael Chang from 1992 (5h26). At 19, Alcaraz simultaneously becomes the youngest semi-finalist of the US Open since Pete Sampras in 1990, a stage at which he will find Frances Tiafoe, winner in three sets for his part of Andrey Rublev.

Sinner, for his part, will be able to harbor great regrets since he led two sets to one and 5-3 in the 4th set, before obtaining a match point at 5-4, on his service. The Spaniard saved her from a good return and finally unbroken during one of the rare moments when his opponent, generally monstrous throughout the match, will have shown a certain feverishness by committing two double faults in this game crucial.

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Too bad for him because previously, Sinner had shown incredible solidity, in particular to save five balls from two sets to nothing, including three in a row on his serve at 6-5 during a game where Alcaraz will have managed the point of tournament – ​​even of the year – with this backhand passing followed by another backhand passing.

You have to see it to believe it: Alcaraz signs the point of the tournament with a brilliant inspiration

Magnificent but vain, therefore, since he finally lost this 2nd set in the tie-break not without having missed, in this one, a fifth set point.

After winning a new tie-break at the end of a 3rd set in which he had still been led 4-2, Sinner gave the impression of having really put his mark on this match. With one point, this match point flying away in the 4th set, it would have been the case. But it was without counting on this incredible inner flame that burns within the body and mind of Carlos Alcaraz, who fought like a rabid lion, to the end, against an opponent who was nevertheless unleashed.

Even after losing on the wire this 4th set, Sinner, too, did not disunite and returned to the fight during a 5th set where, again, he counted a break in advance to lead 3-2. But that devil from Alcaraz came right back again. In fact, he lined up at that time four consecutive games to finally victoriously complete an (already) historic monument.

A point like this signed after 5 hours of play, it’s possible: the incredible joust between Sinner and Alcaraz

Historic by its length, its late finish (the record was until now jointly held by a Wilander-Pernfors from 1993, a Kolschreiber-Isner from 2012 and Nishikori-Raonic from 2014, all completed at 2:26 a.m.) but above all, at Above all, its quality. From the first to the last point, the two nascent rivals played at breakneck speed, sometimes even supersonic, with fantastic points and all in a particularly fair play spirit. The tennis of the future, certainly.

We now wish Carlos Alcaraz, who had already finished his previous marathon at 2:23 a.m. against Marin Cilic, to recover physically before finding Frances Tiafoe. In the meantime, he will become at 19 the youngest player to play in a Grand Slam semi-final since his compatriot Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros in 2005. And remains in the race to become the youngest world number one in history. History, we tell you.

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